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Professor Richard Gombrich
How to live a happy life
What messages does Buddhism give about how we can be content or ‘happy’?
'Shared bad memories' bind fighters and terrorists to their groups
Previous research has shown that such extreme behaviour can be driven by 'identity fusion', a strong sense of ‘oneness’ with their group.
Children's centres 'improve parenting skills of disadvantaged families'
‘$20 billion of hidden fees charged by private equity firms’
Dr Ludovic Phalippou, Associate Professor of Finance at the Saïd Business School, and his coauthors Dr Christian Rauch and Professor Dr Mark Umber examined the portfolio fees of 592 US companies worth $1.1 trillion in total.
Being in foster care found to benefit vulnerable young people's education
The health toll on female migrant workers in Gulf countries
Children hit by their teachers linked with lower test scores later
Researchers found that corporal punishment experienced by eight-year-old children is linked with lower maths scores when the same children reach the age of 12 as compared with their peers who did not report being hit.
Why so few poor, white working class boys go on to take A levels
Just 29% of this group will continue to take AS, A levels or another qualification after GCSE, compared with around half (45%) of white working class boys living in more affluent areas and two-thirds (68%) of boys from more advantaged families.
'Art activities help children disaffected with school'
Researchers from the University's Department of Education observed a range of programmes and carried out interviews with staff and the young people who attended them.
UK children play musical instruments as part of family tradition and not to boost social status
Dr Aaron Reeves from Oxford University's Department of Sociology found that British parents did not see musical achievement by their children as character building or useful in getting university places or jobs.
Oxford-Emirates Data Science Lab will streamline air travel
Chicken study reveals evolution can happen much faster than thought
By studying individual chickens that were part of a long-term pedigree, the scientists, led by Professor Greger Larson at Oxford University's Research Laboratory for Archaeology, found two mutations that had occurred in the mitochondrial genomes of the birds in only 50 years.
Are nature apps interesting enough?
The research, which appears in the journal Ambio, says while there are some good examples of imaginative products, far more could be done to interpret visits to nature reserves or link up with central biodiversity sites using apps.
US Ambassador on partnership working and high-technology innovation in Oxford
US Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun visited Oxford in September 2015 to meet with representatives of the city’s universities, Oxford City Council, social entrepreneurship leads and high-technology businesses.
The Paternal Age Effect: Identifying reproductive risks
Research from the University of Oxford's Clinical Genetics Laboratory initiated the introduction of an upper age limit of 40 years for sperm donors in the UK and internationally, and led to increased public awareness of the effect of paternal age in the transmission of inherited disease.
Introducing the Oxford Climate Research Network
The Oxford Climate Research Network is a cross-divisional research community, harnessing Oxford’s diverse strengths to address the challenge of managing climate change in a complex and uncertain world. The network aims to develop a research agenda to address key challenges of a changing climate, deepen knowledge to inform policy and planning, and develop instruments to improve practice in partnership with government, research and business communities.
Launch of Oxford centre for the study of religious relics
Ancient Christian relics are objects that survive from ancient times, often associated with a saint's body or their belongings, and usually kept as objects of historical interest or spiritual devotion.